Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

October is national occupational therapy month in Canada. Join CAOT in spreading the word….occupational therapy works!

There are many ways to get involved:

CAOT’s #31dayOTchallenge is back: this year with prizes for photos!*

Last year we made over 10 million impressions online ...  and had lots of fun talking about occupational therapy!

In October 2016, let’s engage even more people. Talk about occupational therapy to one person per day- either in person, online, by telephone, letter, or any way you can think of- during OT month and let us know on social media.

Take a photo of your interaction and/or of you using your CAOT thundersticks to make noise about occupational therapy for a chance to win a Pharmasave gift card*. See the contest rules for more.

This is also a great opportunity to share resources, information and your personal reflections on occupational therapy. Tag your posts on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms with #31dayOTchallenge to join the online discussion and promote occupational therapy across Canada!

Some of the top tweets from last year:


Not sure how to use Twitter or Facebook? Check out these resources that guide you through getting started on social media:

How to create a Facebook account

How to create a Twitter account

There are also a number of resources online for how to best use your twitter account as an occupational therapist-

“An Occupational Therapist’s Guide to Twitter”:

Occupational Therapy and Twitter:

Occupational therapy hashtags:

*Contest rules:

  1. During the month of October 2016, take a photo of you engaging someone in a conversation about OT. Be as silly, unique, serious or creative as you’d like. Use your CAOT thundersticks in the photo for an extra chance to win.
  2. Share your photo on Twitter or Facebook
    • Twitter: Tweet your photo with #31dayOTchallenge and tag us @CAOT_ACE. Don’t forget that photos use up 22 characters!
    • Facebook: Post your photo on the CAOT Facebook page using #31dayOTchallenge.
  3. Encourage your OT colleagues, students and others to participate in the challenge and the photo contest!

CAOT’s #31dayOTchallenge photo contest is open to residents of Canada. Photos will be collected through Facebook and Twitter and winners will be chosen by an unbiased panel and announced on November 7, 2016.


$ 250 Pharmasave gift card for the most photos posted by one person.

$100 Pharmasave gift card for best photo incorporating the CAOT thundersticks.

$100 Pharmasave gift card for the most creative/funniest photo.

$100 Pharmasave gift card for a special mention.

Thank you to Pharmasave for supporting the #31dayOTchallenge!

During occupational therapy month in October, and all year round, spread the word that occupational therapy works!

Please use and share these resources:

Occupational therapy fact sheet

Distribute or post a one-pager about the value that occupational therapy brings to Canada’s health care system:

PDF version of the Fact Sheet

Occupational therapy month ad

Insert the OT month ad into your own communications:

Half-page size also available, please contact us for the image. 

“Because of Occupational Therapy” video

Share a short student-made video that describes occupational therapy (3 mins). We are reissuing the UBC gOT Spirit video from 2012, now in both English and French.


Real life stories and fact sheets. Twenty three snapshots about how occupational therapy services made a difference. 

Older driver safety. Information for families and for health professionals aimed at enhancing the capacity of older adults to drive safely. 

Tools for Living Well. Tools and tips to help prevent falls. 


Participate in World OT Day activities through WFOT

Celebrate World Occupational Therapy day on October 27, 2016. Go global and help promote OT around the world!

Learn more here.


Occupational therapy month parliamentary reception: ask your Member of Parliament to attend.

Invited occupational therapists, Members of Parliament, and Senators will attend a parliamentary hill reception on October 26th. Our key message is ‘Occupational Therapists; Improving Lives, Saving Money.’ Within this theme, the meeting focus will be on seniors and community care. A group of CAOT members has been asked to attend and will join CAOT board and staff members in preparing conversation points regarding the need to have occupational therapists included, involved and funded in caring for seniors in the community. 

We encourage you to invite your Member of Parliament to attend the October 26th (12 noon to 2 p.m.) reception in Room 216N, Centre Block, Parliament Hill Ottawa.  The invitation can be made by post, email, telephone, or social media. Here is a sample email/letter you may use:

Dear MP, Minister, Minister of State, Parliamentary Secretary (you can obtain their official title by following the steps below). 

My name is ______, I am a constituent and an occupational therapist.  I would like to invite you to attend a reception on Parliament Hill (Room 216N, Centre Block) on October 26th from 12 noon to 2 p.m.  My colleagues will be present to talk about occupational therapy solutions for Canadians and how occupational therapists improve lives and save money. 

If you’re not sure who your MP is, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Select English or French
  3. Type your postal code in the 'Voter Information Service' box and click “go”
  4. You will obtain information on your Member of Parliament
  5. Click -- Get more information on your Member of Parliament – name, title, etc.
  6. Obtain the coordinates of your MP and contact him/her